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27 May 2017

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29 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  May 27, 2017

    BNZ emailed me a customer service survey letter. It begins:

    “Dear [Gezza]

    We know your busy – but we really value your opinion !”

    My opinion’s not too high, tbh …

    • Missy

       /  May 27, 2017

      Especially since they got your and you’re mixed up! That would lower my opinion considerably.

      • It could have been worse….we know your busy-but we really value you’re opinion.

        ‘Busy’ is a slang word for a policeman, so they may be saying that they know YOUR busy.

        Outlook comes up with ‘choose a message to read it.’ Ouch, The maddening thing is that one only has this message when one HAS chosen & tried to open an email.

  2. Blazer

     /  May 27, 2017

    people do not care so much for spelling and grammar these days….computers and spell checkers….calculators,texting abbreviations ….have made younger generations, completely apathetic and scornful of nitpickers who are concerned.

    • Gezza

       /  May 27, 2017

      There are too many coming out of our schools who are just *dotty*.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 27, 2017

        Remind me to type in an editorial from 1887 which is saying more or less what people say now (with the obvious difference that they didn’t have computers etc) about the standard of written English-especially among those seeking clerical posts.

        In one of Mrs Henry Wood’s books, the mother of a schoolboy begins what are really remedial classes as the standard of English at her son’s school is so abysmal-it’s not a state school, and it concentrates so much on the Classics that English is terribly neglected.

        Eliza Lynn Linton said that the language used by the modern girl had so much slang that it was barely recognisable as English-in the 1860s.

      • Blazer

         /  May 27, 2017

        change to a kiwi bank…fuck the aussies.

        • Gezza

           /  May 27, 2017

          I’ve got one of each at the mo. BNZ’s getting slack though.

    • Missy

       /  May 27, 2017

      I saw something the other day (can’t remember where), some activist or other said that good grammar and spelling is racist.

      Apparently using good grammar is the purview of the middle and upper class white folk who have had an education, and the poor ethnic minorities who haven’t had the benefit of higher education are discriminated against when bad grammar is picked up and commented on. Or some such theory.

      • Gezza

         /  May 27, 2017

        I blame the East-enders & the yokels mainly.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 28, 2017

          In other words, there are no educated, middle-class, professional black people-that idea is more racist than what it condemns, and horribly patronising. It’s also nonsense !

  3. MaureenW

     /  May 27, 2017

    No Media Watch today, I’ll post Steve Braunias’ piece on Kim Dot Com here – admit I had a few giggles ..
    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11863826

  4. Conspiratoor

     /  May 27, 2017

    The greatest political predictor in the history of the world makes a good case for going after the families of terrorists – despite it being a war crime

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/161026212976/going-after-the-families-of-terrorists

    • Blazer

       /  May 27, 2017

      I think they should leave the families of Bush and Blair…alone…brothers keeper’ type..rationale.

    • Why don’t they just extend it to anyone with any sort of relationship or ethnic or religious connection, just to be safe – and just to it being a war crime, but also an abhorrent abuse of human rights.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  May 27, 2017

        Because those scenarios don’t fit the tight and entirely reasonable criteria selected by Scott. To qualify you must have created the bomb (ie bred the kid), radicalized your own kid and accepted payment for the suicide bomb

    • Gezza

       /  May 27, 2017

      “So here’s the thought experiment. In the specific case where a family radicalized their own kid, and also accepted payment after the suicide attack, is that really different from being a “bomb-maker”? After all, the kid is an important part of the bomb.”

      So, here’s another thought experiment, if the kid was radicalised not by his parents but by the Americans killing his family & friends in a bombing or drone attack & saying, “well, we’re sorry but you have to expect some collateral damage” – is going after the family of the pilot or drone operator ok? After all, they raised this kid to be a soldier or pilot & the American military invading countries & killing people there are an important part of why there are so many suicide bombers.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  May 27, 2017

        And yet another thought experiment G. If the great satan were to depart the ME, these evil losers would stop spreading carnage around the world and offerring themselves as strategic weapons. You overlook the underlying strategic goal by obsessing over the role of the US

        • Blazer

           /  May 27, 2017

          its cause and effect…U.S and ‘friends’ invade Iraq because it has WMD….bomb and level the place,killing 100’s of thousands of muslims.In the aftermath ISIS rises to fill a power vacuum…..more carnage…who is really..to blame?

        • Gezza

           /  May 27, 2017

          Yeah … I’m still not convinced that killing even more people in the ME is such a brilliant idea c. Although it might appeal to some … sending more korans to madrassas.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 27, 2017

            The son of one of the masters at Collegiate had the same upbringing and education as his brothers and sisters. They all entered professions, he became a career criminal and killed two old people for their car and money.

            • Blazer

               /  May 27, 2017

              he should have become a ..lawyer..he could have got the car and the ..money…without killing ..them.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 28, 2017

              That is the hat trick-callousness, ignorance and envy in one sentence.

  5. lurcher1948

     /  May 27, 2017

    Donald Trumps employs the DEVILS earth representative to run his defence in the russian probe…BANNON the liar
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/26/steve-bannon-to-head-trumps-russia-war-room-legal-team-street-fighters-and-surrogates.html

  6. The story in the USA is reportedly going to incandescent from hot in relation to the Clinton connection and James Comey. (There are reports of Comey’s mansion being surrounded by NYPolice Dept officers. Meanwhile the nature of the comprehensive money trail leading directly from Comey to the Clintons has become US Politics Today headlines. The attached video describes in a factual way the linkage and exposes the extent to which Comey has been tied to the Clintons and Obama. There are indications of things coming to a head in the next few days so we will sit and watch developments. SenatorGraham a member of the Senate committee for oversight of the DOJ has said he is aware of the existence of emails that link the DNC or their agents to the DOJ during the presidential campaign.

    • Blazer

       /  May 27, 2017

      so Comey reheated Clintons email scandal just prior to the election…..because????

  7. Further to this post. Here is a revealing comment about Obama from one of his former Heads of CIA. In it, Michael Morell confirms that Obama was so concerned about Russian interference in the US Elections he sent Clapper to Russia to liaise with the FSB to tell them to stop interfering with the electoral process. Morell went on to say that he was surprised when they discovered the Russians continued their attempts, Obama did nothing about it.

  8. lurcher1948

     /  May 27, 2017

    Europe treats trump like the idiot he is.Watch Macron treat the buffon in the way he deserves, very funny then trump the old man tries a killer handshake, the best that the USA can elect.